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for the cia chief goes before a senate committee. where he may be grilled about the use of drones and extreme interrogation techniques. i am talking about john brennan whose hearings are set to begin in 15 minutes. she he is a strong supporter of drone strikes and you can expect tough questions on the drones overseas. a neighbor's phone call leads to the rescue of a 17-year-old boy in kansas city, missouri. he was frail, thin, curled up on a concrete basement floor and handcuffed to a pole. he told police he was locked there since september, fed instant oatmeal and ramen noodles and bologna sandwiches and allowed to use the bathroom three times a day. >> he had lost a lot of weight. he looked very grayish kind of. like that pale gray color. they said he was very dehydrated. >> what are did you feel seeing that? >> i was heartbroken honestly. >> there is a court hearing under way in the case. we will have much more on the story ahead in the show. trying to destroy the bunker where the man held the little boy hostage in alabama for almost a week. this is how officials describe this small space.
for cia director up for con fir make in a few hours. but will members of his own party derail it? >> i don't know. >> lots of drama. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolinment. >> i'm john berman. it's thursday, february 7th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. up first, brace yourselves, bundle up, buy a shovel. this will be a big one. at this moment a blaizzard watc is in effects for new england. a storm is headed that way and could be historihistoric. it could drop two feet of snow in some places and it all starts tomorrow. you told us this was coming yesterday, you were on top of this one. >> we're trying. boston could rival its worst blizzard from 2003 which had 27 1/2 inches. all of this talks about two storm systems coming together. the first one here, notice in the south, all instability, a tornado warming out there for plaquemines parish. this is moving off to the east. we will watch this produce heavy showers even through atlanta. a low will form, become a rain and wind event as it moves across or north on the northern seaboard. the other storm system,
as cia director. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning and good morning out west. members of congress have been trying for several years to see the classified justice department's legal opinions by justified the killing of anwar uh-uhawe al awlaki and others on terrorism. last night the president gave in to the pressure. the man who will feel the heat on this today is john brennan, the president's counterterrorism adviser, who has been nominated to head the cia. brennan testifies before the 15-member senate intelligence committee, including republican susan collins. >> in many cases we're talking about hardened terrorists but we do need to have a different approach when an american citizen is involved. >> reporter: democrats are equally concerned, they want to know brennan's role in the white house-approved drone attacks on terrorists who are american citizens. on wednesday, senator ron wyden threatened to pull out all the stops to get the justice department's legal opinion which the president released to the commi
the confirmation hearings for john brennan for cia director. brennan used to run the cia station in saudi arabia. we will be live from pentagon in a minute. >>> and falling from space, wow, pretty cool, at a rate of more than 843 miles per hour, that's how fast dare devil felix baumgartner fell when he jumped from space. the official speed has been released. even faster now than those record keepers thought at first. pretty cool stuff. >>> one of our top stories today at cnn, a secret american drone base somewhere in saudi arabia, now this is according, these are reports from two major newspapers today, saying that this u.s. launches these drone attacks against al qaeda targets from that particular base. i want to bring in two folks here at the pentagon chris lawrence also michael holmes from cnn international. chris, it's not a total surprise that this was there in saudi arabia, but certainly it was not something that they officially wanted to reveal. why are they doing it now? >> that's the big question, suzanne, why did this come out? we reported two years ago from our sources u.s. officials
starts at 10:00 a.m. at city hall. >> president obama's nominee for c.i.a. director, john brennan, will be in the spotlight on capitol hill today. he is expected to come underfire at the confirmation hearing for supporting the c.i.a.'s controversial drone program and the bushel enhanced entering tactics. we go to washington, dc, with the latest. >> good morning, kristen. today we get a rare public look into the u.s. secret drone program that president obama has used more than president bush that has come under heavy criticism. >> president obama's pick for c.i.a. director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party at the confirmation hearing this afternoon, democrats will likely demand answers about the use of unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the point person on drones, who signs off on the "kill" list. >> i suggest that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists be ethical and just. >> the use of drones has grown 700 percent under the obama administration. we learned yesterday that america has a secret base
defense secretary. a different committee hold as hearing for the man picked to run the cia. john brennan. for more of these controversial nominees, let's bring in our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, and gloria borger. dana, what are your sources telling you about chuck hagel's confirmation? >> reporter: well, you know, there are supposed to be at least the chairman, carl levin wants a vote in the senate armed services committee tomorrow but it might not happen. one may reason is that many republicans on the committee don't want it to. we're told that they are circulating a letter urging senator levin to delay it. and they say, these republicans, that they are still waiting for key information from hagel. for example, senator lindsey graham told me he still doesn't p have information about the speeches that hagel gave, who he spoke to, what he said, and what he was paid. and the ranking committee, james inhoff said he's looking for people to slow this train down. senator levin doesn't like partisan food fights. and so an aide said that they would not be surprised if levin do
obama's pick for cia director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party at his confirmation hearing this afternoon. democrats will likely demand answers about the use of unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the administration's point person on drones, the man who signs off on the kill list. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are, indeed, ethical and just. >> reporter: the use of drones has grown 700% under the obama administration. we learned just yesterday, that america has a secret base in saudi arabia, used to send drones throughout the region. lawmakers will discover about a document that says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if a high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but the government can do so without having clear evidence. human rights advocates disagree. >> that justifies, essentially, a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: drone strikes have become controversial. in pakistan alone, there ha
's nominee to head the cia can look forward to a grilling on capitol hill this morning. during confirmation hearings, john brennan will be asked to explain the legal justification tore predator drone strikes against u.s. citizens. they're expected to zero in as his chief counter-terrorism adviser, specifically what he knew and when he knew it. his knowledge of the administration's use of the tactic faces scrutiny after the release of confidential government documents. drones are used to kill americans believed to be leaders of al qaeda. that news brought backlash from both sides of the aisle along with demands of the administration's legal justification for the strikes. the white house bound to growing political pressure and agreed to hand over the documents to congress. dianne feinstein who heads the intelligence committee says lawmakers should know what brennan knew and when he knew it. she released a statement saying it's critical for the committee's oversight function to fully understand the legal basis for all intelligence and counter-terrorism operations. >>> in a speech last summer,
. >>> president obama's nominee to head the cia can look forward to a grilling on capitol hill this morning. during confirmation hearings, john brennan will be asked to explain the legal justification for predator drone strikes against u.s. citizens. lawmakers are expected to zero on on mr. obama's chief terrorist adviser and what he knew and when he knew it. the tactic faces new recruit any of after release of confidential documents. >>> and there are documents showing drones used to kill members of al qaeda. that brought back after demands of the legal justification for the strikes. late wednesday the white house bowed to growing political pressure and agreed to hand over the documents to congress. >>> senator dianne feinstein said lawmakers should know what brennan knew and when he knew it. she released a statement, it is critical for the committee's oversight function to fully understand the legal basis for all the counterterrorism operation. >> last summer, brennan said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into quote, a shadow of what it once was. under president ob
's nominee to head the cia. his confirmation hearing when the white house faces increasing criticism for its drawn attack policy. as the president counter- terrorism chief, he was a big force behind the strikes. white house is backing the program. courts are counter-terrorism efforts are designed including our targeted efforts to limit civilian casualties. >> a main issue lawmakers came earlier this week when an unclassified memo came out. the memo said the justice department could target american citizens tied to al qaeda if it believes that they pose an imminent threat. a senate panel has postponed a vote on chuck hagel's nomination to become defense secretary. republicans were not satisfied with the information he provided during last week's confirmation hearing. they want more details about his paid speeches and his business dealings. the former nebraska senator already faced opposition for his past statements and votes on israel iran, and nuclear weapons. president obama the first lady, and vice president joe biden attended the national prayer breakfast today. nearly three cows and peop
during the head of the next head of the cia. the reason protesters disrupted it multiple times. >>> the green light capital filed a lawsuit against apple. green light owned apple stock since 2010 and wants the company to share more capital. they have been trying to get them to create a new class of preferred stock. apple began baying a divend last year. >>> the committee put another top government official on the hot seat over the deadly attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya. >> what is clear the united states is unprepared for what occurred in benghazi. >> i believe the department of defense and the armed forces did all we could do in the response to the attacks. >> u.s. defense secretary leon panetta insisted the government employed every asset to respond to the september 11 attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. cocoa krispies and three other -- cocoa krispies and -- chris tvens and three other -- chris stevens and three others were killed. >> u.s. defense secretary leon panetta confirmed for the first time the pentagon supported providing arms to opposition groups in syria
can expect to get a rare glimpse inside the secret world of the cia. later today. it's all part of a confirmation hearing for john brennan. as the next head of the spy agency. he's expected to be questioned about the controversial policy that allows drone strikes against terror suspects, even those who are american citizens. civil liberties groups say such strikes are unconstitutional. >> it justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> trying to head off the controversy ahead of the hearing today, the white house has ordered that top lawmakers be given secret documents that explain the white house's drone policy. >>> a boeing 878 dreamliner will fly from texas to washington state today, but that doesn't mean it's closer to carrying passengers any time soon. 787s are grounded while investigators try to determine what caused a fire in one of them and smoke inside of another. the plane's lithium ion battery is under scrutiny. a lead investigator says the batteries aren't necessarily unsafe. but boeing needs to build reliable safegua
john pwrepb tpher -- brennan head of the c.i.a. administration. >>steve: if george bush was president and he had a program like this, democrats would be calling for george bush's impeachment. this would be a giant story every day in "the new york times." instead what you hear on the other side, crickets. there was a letter that came out yesterday. 11 senators wrote a letter to the president -- eight democrats and three republicans -- asking for questions. which is interesting, when you go back to 2007, there were 144 democrats who sent a letter to president bush to close gitmo over the torture. the hypocrisy is stunning. >>gretchen: they did come up at the press conference, jay carney, there were several reporters calling out the hypocrisy. at least they were asking questions about this issue. he had the same -- it's almost like he was reading a legal answer, because he read the same quote several times to the same question almost as if they parsed the words to make sure. because the aclu, quite frankly, is suing the government right now. the aclu usually agrees with this administrati
they want answers to this, and if they don't get them the president's nominee for cia and defense could be held up. >> we conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, prevent attacks and save american lives. these strikes are legal, ethical and wise. the u.s. government takes great care in deciding to pursue an al qaeda terrorist, to insure precision and prevent loss of american lives. gregg: peter doocy joins us in washington. >> the first thing an american citizen has to do to be targeted is associate themselves with al qaeda operations. when they do that the juts is department says that out weighs their right to due process. >> we say that we only take these kinds of actions when there is an imminent threat when capture is not feasible and when we are confident we are doing so in a way that's consistent with federal and international law. >> reporter: a secret justice department memo makes sure there does not have to be a known plot, just an imminent threat to target a citizen aligned with al qaeda. the first to be targeted was anwar al-awlaki.
on this today is john brennan, the president's counterterrorism adviser who's been nominated to head the cia. brennan testifies before the 15-member senate intelligence committee, including republican susan collins. >> in many cases we're talking about hardened terrorists, but we do need to have a different approach when an american citizen is involved. >> reporter: democrats are ee kwully concern. they want to know brennan's role in the white house-approved drone attack on terrorists who are american citizens. on wednesday senator ron wyden threatened to pull out all the stops to get the justice department's legal opinion which the president leased to the committee but which will not be made public. >> the information that is held -- kept secret is kept secret for national security reasons, not to keep it from the american people. >> reporter: the drone program puts president obama in an awkward position. as a senator and presidential candidate he criticized the bush administration anti-terrorism policy of enhanced interrogation of torture of suspects. >> this administration is acting like
controversy of drone attacks on american terror suspects. john brennan, the president's choice to head the cia, is expected to be questioned about the policy today during confirmation hearings and expected to face tough questions over harsh interrogation methods and long detention of suspects without due process. >>> ahead of today's hearing, the white house ordered that top lawmakers be given secret documents about the administration's drone program, this comes days after a group of 11 senators demanded more information, especially about the killing of american citizens. at least one prominent republican is backing the policy. south carolina's lindsay graham says he's 100% behind it. >>> at the center of everything here is due process, or lack thereof when it comes to attack on americans outside of america. >> you hear two key arguments. there you're violating civil liberties. other people say in a post 9/11 world, whatever you have to do to stop that from happening again, go ahead and do it. warfare doesn't really have any rules, particularly when you're trying to stop a constantly evolving
to the drama, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia and the architect of the drone policy, he'll appear before the senate intelligence committee today. lots to talk about with barbara starr who's following all these developments for us this morning from the pentagon. barbara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. all about spice and drones this morning, isn't it? well, this video has not yet been confirmed as the genuine article by the administration, the pentagon or the cia but it's getting a lot of attention. if you look at it, it's perhaps not so compelling itself, but there's plenty to try and figure out. let's get to that in a minute. but i want you first to listen to -- we translated some of the voice on the tape describing what you're looking at. have a listen. >> translator: this air craft has had many flights in countries around iran. in operations that have taken place in pakistan, this aircraft has provided guidance. >> reporter: so a claim there of u.s. spying on iran and that's really what this is all about. if this is the genuine article, the key ques
. counter terrorism advisor john brennan and president obama's choice to be cia director. his confirmation hearing begins in two and a half hours from now. >>> in tunisia today riot police filled the air with tear gas trying to keep furious crowds under control. have a look. these are the biggest and loudest protests in tunisia since the revolution there two years ago. the one that sparked the whole arab spring. a vocal critic of the government was shot dead outside his home yesterday. that infuriated people who say he was assassinated. it was political. they were already unhappy with tunisia's political situation since the arab spring the new islamist led government is keeping down individual freedoms. the people are not happy. tunisia's prime minister fired his cabinet and called for new elections hoping to calm tensions, then his deputy said the party wasn't unified on that. and it might not happen. we are watching developments. >>> let's gets back to our top story. a shooter on the loose in los angeles. the suspect a former cop is identified as christopher dorner. he was fired from the
this comes on the eve of hearings to confirm cia nominee john brennan. >> is secret war and just today in a sign of how per vasive and hidden it is the revealation that america has secret base in saudi arabia used to launch drones throughout the region, a tactic against terror which has grown 700% under the obama administration. whatever the benefit of the drone strikes, they have created enormous recentment among some here in the region who view the strikes as another sign of american arrogance. everywhere i travel from yemen. >> i think they are are not right. they are not right. this is our fight. >> to pakistan. >> you are hitting the dark leadership but the byproduct of this is anger. anger among the people. the innocent people who are getting killed. you are just creating more terrorists. >> now, the man who signs off on the kill list from a basement offense in the white house, john brnan about to be questioned in front of the world. >> i suggest that these targeted strikes against al-qaeda terrorists are, indeed, ethical and just. >> reporter: in pakistan alone there have been m
obama's pick to be cia director, testifies at his senate confirmation hearing. to smooth his path, the white house agreed to give lawmakers a secret memo that lays out the rules for using drones. jon karl joins us with some of that. this is something the white house resisted for some time. >> reporter: as of yesterday afternoon, the white house actually refused to even acknowledge that this memo existed. but late last night, the president made the call to release the memo on a classified basis to the intelligence committee. this is after one prominent democratic senator threatened or suggested he would filibuster brennan's nomination if they didn't get the documents. this is an indication that at today's hearing, you'll hear some tough questioning about the drone campaign. and i think the thorough conversation about the secretive but essential component of the president's war on terror. >> it's coming at a time when yesterday the iranians released a video they say came from a u.s. drone that they captured. this may be a major intelligence coup for the iranians. >> reporter: it may
hearing for john brennan. president obama's nominee for cia director. >>> police in texas releasing a tape of the 911 call that led to an arrest in the murder of decorated navy s.e.a.l. sniper chris kyle. the chilling call coming from the sister of suspect eddie ray routh just after the shooting. >> yes, listen, my brother just came by here. i was at [ bleep ] street. he's now left. but he told me that he's committed a murder. >> okay. hold on. >> and i'm terrified for my life. >> okay. hold on. >> because i don't know if he's going to come back here. >>> the boy scouts of america delaying today's vote on lifting its ban on gay members and leaders until may. last month the boy scouts announced they'd consider changing their rules. today the executive board said it needs more time to deliberate the policies. >>> and after weeks of suspense the makers of monopoly revealing its newest game piece is a cat. the game's fans chose it over other options like a robot and a diamond ring. to make room voters decided that that sweet little iron, well, it's got to go. >>> and it's the end of an era for
to become the next director of the cia. two voices i want to bring in. we have cnn senior legal analyst jeff toobin here sitting with me in new york and in atlanta, tom juneau, esquire writer at large. tom, let me begin with you. you and i have talked multiple times about drones, ad nauseam about your piece in "esquire" last july, you write about anwar al awlaki, his son who you call collateral damage. in learning of this sort of secret memo coming about, was there anything in it that surprised you? >> yeah, a few things. number one, you know, this is the -- we're familiar with the sound of the administration speaking to us about these -- about this program. they have justified it in various different venues. but this is the sound of the administration speaking to itself. and when the administration speaks to itself, it gives itself even more power than i think than anybody thought. it sort of -- it is a hypothetical situation it describes. it keeps on describing an informed high level executive who can make these decisions. and it is amazing how much power this white paper gives that inform
woman says the men spared her because she is mexican. >>> according to the "new york times" the cia uses a remote base in saudi arabia to conduct strikes against al qaeda militants in yemen. this is considered politically sensitive. al qaeda and other militants group have used saudi arabia's close working relationship with the u.s. to criticize saudi leaders. >>> some members of congress are looking to limit the government's authority to use the unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists. it follows the release of a new report from the justice department that says it would be lawful to target and even kill a u.s. citizen if the person is suspected of being a terrorist. >>> 7:16. just minutes ago -- you saw it live -- the u.s. postal service officially announced plans to stop saturday mail deliveries. kyla campbell is live in our washington, d.c. bureau to tell us how soon these changes will take place. kyla? >> reporter: well, the postal service plans to eliminate the saturday delivery of first- class mail starting the week of august 5th. we'll take a live look at the press conference.
." and yet we insisted on ignoring them. george tenet was the cia head at the time. he said, my hair is on fire in july of that year. i went down to see the fbi about something else. they said, you ought to take a look at terrorism. we just blithely kept going and then it blew up in our face. this is an opportunity, it seems to me, to take the immigration example of people in the house and in the senate to cross party lines and say, let's begin by doing something about medicare. we know -- we all know we have to do something about that. let's begin by doing something about tax reform. they have moved on immigration, which is an encouraging sign, but it's less than the sum of the parts at this moment in terms of how they want to take a kind of whole approach to what we're going to have to do. and there's going to have to be some people from the ground up in the house and the senate who are going to seize this and say, i don't want this on my record. i'm serving in congress. i'm serving in the senate. and when i go out of here, historians are going to look back and say that we complete
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